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Foraging For Tea

Good morning, everyone!

Green tea with sea-buckthorn berries and honey

I’ve been making a delicious sea-buckthorn berry green tea lately that I wanted to share with you! What’s sea-buckthorn, you ask? Well, you’ve likely never heard of it, so let me explain…

In a Ukrainian home, such as mine, sea-buckthorn berries are well-known. They are easy to find in Ukraine and, you might be surprised to learn, are fairly common in Alberta as well (the plants are resistant to frost). However, it seems few people here know of these tart orange berries. Even I have to admit, I had no idea what they were called in English and had to google a translation for the Russian word I know well. These small, bright coloured berries taste very acidic and tart. In Ukraine, they are known for having tremendous health benefits – a cup of tea with these berries and a spoonful of honey will soothe a scratchy throat. It also tastes delicious! You can get more info about these berries from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

However, I definitely don’t recommend just going out into the forest alone in search of berries you are unfamiliar with. Most cities have ecological groups with many knowledgeable individuals who can help you identify which plants can be picked and which ones should be avoided. And if you don’t have access to sea-buckthorn berries, feel free to substitute another berry you have on hand – raspberries from the farmers market would work great. Do you guys have any other substitutions to try?

Regardless of whether you forage for berries in the forest or your supermarket, it’s nice to simply take a bit of time to appreciate what our surroundings have to offer. It’s easy to forget that not so long ago, people survived by gathering their food themselves, having to know what they could and could not eat. I hope this encourages a few of you to find out a little more about the fruits and berries growing and available in your region.

Green tea with sea-buckthorn berries

By Genia Rodnyansky Published: December 15, 2012

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    • 2 tsp genmaicha green tea
    • 1 small handful sea-buckthorn berries
    • honey


    1. Place sea-buckthorn berries in a tea press and use a wooden spoon to press and break apart, releasing the juices.
    2. Add green tea and cover with hot water. Add honey to taste.
    3. Steep for 2 - 5 minutes.

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